Since I've studied World War II for years I'm very skeptical when it comes to literature about it. I've read hundreds of fictional and non-fictional accounts, and this is one of the best that I've had the chance to read. I was up half the night finishing it. The battle scenes he recounts from Crete are very real and well done. The plot is imaginative and well shaped throughout the book, the ideas behind it are also realistic and fit in with the situation that the world found itself in during December of 1941. Definitely a book worth reading.